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Lady Lions played best with games on the line

 Six seniors honored during home finale

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WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Southwestern Assemblies of God University bounced back from a two loss week by taking all three games from Oklahoma City University on Tuesday night.

SAGU, now 15-13 on the season and 8-6 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, edged the Stars with scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 26-24. Each game was nip and tuck throughout with the Lady Lions pulling out white-knuckle wins.

A month ago in the teams’ first meeting the Stars won, 3-1, with similar results. The Lions lost the first game, 25-22, and then won the second, 26-24. OKCU then claimed 26-24 and 27-25 victories.

Combined, SAGU has outpointed the Stars 173-169.

The triumph also moved the Lady Lions past OCU (16-12 / 7-6 in SAC) in the standings.

While there is no doubt which six teams will qualify for a berth in the SAC Tournament (November 14-16), things are razor close in the race for third place.

Head Coach Hank Moore’s team has two matches remaining, both against clubs currently ahead of SAGU. That will provide the Lady Lions with a chance to advance higher.

SAGU needs just one win against No. 17 ranked Wayland Baptist University (25-5 / 10-2 SAC) on Saturday or at Texas Wesleyan University (16-16 / 8-5) to insure the Purple Pride of a ninth straight winning record in the regular season.

Tuesday night was also Senior Night, where six were honored:
Taylor Calverley (Mansfield, Tx / Grace Prep), Beka Dollar (Weatherford, Tx / Brock HS), Brittany Briggs (Maypearl, Tx / Maypearl HS), Student Assistant Coach Amanda Laney (New Braunfels, Tx / New Braunfels Christian Academy), Kassy Cox (Lufkin, Tx / Lufkin HS) and Alissa Kirk (Pataskala, Oh / Gahanna Christian).

A lengthy and warm ceremony led to a thirty-minute delayed start time.

SAGU outhit Oklahoma City, more than doubling them in hitting accuracy.

The Lions finished with 42 kills and 22 errors for a .153 percentage, comparing favorably to the Stars .061, 35 and 27.

In fact, SAGU outhit their counterparts in all three games.


The first set saw the score tied four times, before SAGU used an ace by Jessica Sodich (Arlington, Tx / Ovilla Christian) to build their largest lead at 13-8.

Gradually the Stars closed the distance until knotting the score at 21 on a kill by Torrie Flynn.

Cox and Sodich hammered points and Kirk fired an ace for a 24-21 edge. An OKCU attacking error iced it for SAGU at 25-21.


Game two was tighter; 19 ties with the lead never more than three points.

It was flush at 10, 15 and later at 21. Calverley set up Sodich for a crushing blow to push the Lady Lions on top for good at 22-21.

Leading 24-22, Faith Hardin (Midlothian, Tx / Midlothian HS) blasted a helper from Calverley off the hands of a defender on the right side for the winning point.


Needing badly to rally, the silver-clad Stars grabbed a 9-5 following a smash by Flynn. Two JJ Abbott (Kenmore, Wash / Cedar Park Christian) sparked a comeback and a Calverley to Cox bomb leveled the score at 10.

Deadlocked at 18 the Pride assembled a 5-0 run on two Sodich kills and three errors by the Stars. OKCU bounced back with a 6-1 streak on the strength of Flynn and Tori Thomas kills.

Tied for the tenth time at 24, SAGU went on top thanks to a hitting error by their opposition.

Fans stood to their feet at match point. Emmalee Smith (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) served what proved to be a long rally.

Abbott turned out the lights on the Stars.

From the right side she banged a crosscourt shot that found a crease and the floor for a 26-24 triumph.

The win was sweet for SAGU, who had lost seven times in their previous eight encounters with City.

For individual player statistics, visit the official box score.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

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